JAMSHORO (Pakistan)– A strong blast ripped through Lal Shehbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan Sharif on Thursday, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100 others. A stampede followed the blast occurred in the premises of the shrine where a large number of devotee, including women and children, were present. Rescuers are shifting the bodies and injured to nearby hospitals Contingents of police have reached the shrine that is situated slightly off the Pakistan Super Highway in Sindh province. Hundreds of people gather at the Sufi saint’s shrine every Thursday for religious rituals.
Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency says troops have gunned down a suicide bomber at a transit camp for refugees from Boko Haram in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. The Saturday attack is the sixth in three weeks in the Nigerian city that was the birthplace of the Islamic extremist uprising that has killed more than 20 000 people in seven years. Security forces have foiled most of the attacks. Boko Haram has recently stepped up attacks after a months-long lull.
A suicide bomber has rammed a truck into a German consulate in Afghanistan, killing at least six civilians and wounding 120, officials said. Gunman attacked the building after the blast, in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, battling with German and Afghan forces. The Taliban said it carried out the attack in retaliation for air strikes last week in Kunduz province. Local police said at least one suspect had been arrested in connection with the bombing.